Nigeria At 60 – Abiodun Urges Nigerians Not to Lose Hope

Abeokuta — As Nigeria is getting set to celebrate its 60th Independence Day on October 1, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, yesterday called on Nigerians not to be despair, saying a greater Nigeria is possible in the foreseeable future.

Abiodun said no matter the prevailing circumstances, the country had proved to be an enigma, defying all predictions by pundits that it would not survive.

According to him, “Nigeria has always wriggled out of the most difficult situation better.

“I have no doubt that Nigerians should be hopeful, and we all must be ready to contribute to that future which we desire. Be hopeful. As a country, we are moving towards a better Nigeria.”

The governor expressed this optimism at the special church service to mark the 60th National Day Celebration held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peters in Ake, Abeokuta, the state capital.

He also noted that the task ahead “is a collective one. We shouldn’t allow prophecies of doom to define us. With prayers, and given the human and material resources available, believe that things would get better.”

The governor recalled that many countries that gained independence with Nigeria were no longer together.

“They have either been balkanised by their internal realities or civil war. We have survived many vicissitudes, and in Nigeria’s case, despite its numerous challenges, especially in the area of economy and security, the country is still together and would move forward more prosperously.